It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown. This cigar retails for $15.99 and comes in a 6 x 54 Toro. The name of the company represents an African-American owned business founded by a firefighter with El Milagro bands nodding to first responders.
El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown features a Nicaraguan Sun Grown wrapper with an Ecuadorian binder covering Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The cold draw reveals a flavor of damp earth. Off the wrapper, I pick up a manure and leather aroma, while I smell fruity leather out of the foot.
The first light gives me buttery toast and nutmeg on the draw. The retro-hale offers me cedar and toast. On the finish, white pepper mixes with cedar and caramel toast. Smoke output is voluminous with an easy draw.
Twenty-five minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I find salty cedar with nutmeg and buttery toast. Through the nose, there is light leather pairing with spicy toast. The finish gives me more buttery toast on top of cedar. Strength and body finish out at medium.
One hour in, the second third burns down. There is a delicious combo of cedar and leather with melting buttery toast on the draw. On the retro-hale, I get more spicy toast alongside leather. The finish hits me with notes of white pepper and more cedar paired with more buttery toast that occasionally turns to a buttery dill weed. There is no change to strength or body.
The final third wisps away at an hour and a half. On the draw, I pick up more salty cedar on top of floral notes and leather. Through the nose, cinnamon comes into play pairing nicely with toast. The finish is delightful with rich flavors of leather, buttery toast, and floral notes. Strength and body finish out at medium.
The Black Star Line Cigars El Milagro Nicaraguan Sun Grown is an excellent cigar. It delivers big on flavor with a most notable buttery toast element that pairs perfectly with everything else. Construction is top notch – no surprise coming from El Titan de Bronze – and smoke output is plentiful.
The only downside of this cigar is the high price tag. However, I’m inclined to say it feels worth it to me, and the cigar is neutral enough in terms of strength and body to please just about any kind of cigar smoker. I highly recommend it if you can swallow the price.